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Celebrating the Contribution of Older Persons

30 September 2022

In commemoration of International Day of Older Persons on Saturday, 1 October, Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez has called on the whole of society to ensure the wellbeing and protection of older citizens. Read More

Touws River resident celebrates 116th birthday

28 September 2022

Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez joined the community of Touws River in celebrating Margaret Maritz on her 116th birthday yesterday. Read More

DSD approaches high court over illegal rehabs

22 September 2022

The Western Cape Department of Social Development has continued to receive complaints about illegal rehabilitation centres exploiting clients and in some cases, violating their human rights. Read More

DSD NPO Help Desk can assist NPOs with compliance

20 September 2022

Non-profit Organisations (NPOs) are vital partners in the Western Cape, and are urged to check their compliance status to ensure the continuation of service delivery. Read More

International Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day

9 September 2022

Western Cape Ministers Dr Nomafrench Mbombo and Sharna Fernandez partnered with the Foundation of Alcohol Related Research (FARR) to commemorate International Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day this morning, Friday 9 September. Read More

Increase in demand for Gender-Based Violence Services

31 August 2022

As Women’s Month draws to a close, Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez has made an appeal for the wellbeing and safety of women, particularly those experiencing various forms of Read More

Department of Social Development encourages carers to use parenting programmes

16 August 2022

This Women’s Month and 365 days of the year, the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) encourages parents in the province to use the various parenting programmes offered by the Department. Read More

Women's Day: Ministers’ Fernandez and Marais address Prince Albert community

10 August 2022

On Tuesday, 09 August 2022, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez and the Western Cape Minister for Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais, addressed community members and several key stakeholders at a ‘Celebration of... Read More

Department of Social Development offers counselling for women in need

3 August 2022

Women are the bedrock of our society, and it is imperative that they have available to them the support services they may need to lead successful and full lives. Read More

Min. Fernandez raises concerns about SASSA’s inability to secure office space

27 July 2022

I have written to the National Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, to request an urgent meeting regarding the serious concerns I have with the South African Social Security Agency’s (SASSA) inability to secure proper office space for... Read More

Social Development supports 1 466 families affected by natural disasters

21 July 2022

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is one of several government institutions responsible for addressing the humanitarian relief needs of vulnerable groups in response to natural disasters, such as floods, droughts, and fires. Read More

Minister Fernandez and DSD Staff Support Care Home for Persons with Disabilities

18 July 2022

On Mandela Day, 18 July 2022, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez in collaboration with staff from the Provincial Department of Social Development (DSD) generously handed over blankets, toiletries and several other... Read More

Western Cape DSD services remain operational amidst continuous load shedding

12 July 2022

As it increasingly appears unlikely that Eskom will fix its constrained electricity system shortly, the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) has had to implement contingency measures to ensure that social development services remain... Read More

WC DSD supports 2722 Non-Government Organisations (NGOs)

5 July 2022

The Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, remains committed to supporting thousands of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that reach out to the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) through its various... Read More

Western Cape DSD observes World Day against Trafficking in Persons

30 June 2022

On the 30 July each year, governments across the globe observe World Day against Trafficking in Persons. Human trafficking is a global phenomenon that requires a global solution. Read More

Western Cape DSD reduces foster care backlog as deadline looms

28 June 2022

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) has made steady progress in reducing the 2017 backlog of foster care order extensions. Presently, a total of 37 300 children are in foster care in the Western Cape.   Read More

Minister Fernandez engages Saartjie Baartman’s Centre for Women and children

24 June 2022

On Thursday 23 June 2022, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, engaged with the Saartjie Baartman’s Centre for Women and Children (SBCWC) on the facility’s substance abuse programme for women who have been victims of... Read More

Public urged to verify the status of Substance Abuse Treatment Centres

21 June 2022

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is urging the public to ensure that their loved ones are placed in a registered substance use disorder (SUD) treatment facility for increased chances of their loved ones sustaining their... Read More

SANCA Drug Awareness Week: Most people seeking treatment for ‘Tik’ addiction

20 June 2022

The latest Phase 50 report (2022) compiled by the South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (SACENDU) reveals that in the Western Cape, the primary substances of use reported by 36 specialist treatment centres/programmes between the... Read More

YOUTH DAY: Minister Fernandez hosts Youth Day Expo in Nyanga

17 June 2022

In commemoration of Youth Day, Thursday 16 June 2022, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez hosted Read More

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